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Fort Hamilton: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)
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Fort Hamilton: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Fort Hamilton, located in Brooklyn, New York. Over 3,000 personnel and their families are active on the base that covers about 120 acres. Fort Hamilton is a historic post, and many of its buildings are included on the National Register of Historic Places. You will find endless options for housing and entertainment in the surrounding New York metro area.

We hope this guide helps you get settled in your new posting and helps take some of the stress out of moving.

1. Where Is Fort Hamilton?
2. Google Map View
3. Getting There – Directions to the Post
4. Entering Fort Hamilton and Post Amenities

5. Where Should I Live Near Fort Hamilton?
6. What Schools are Near Fort Hamilton?
7. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Hamilton?
8. Things to Do Near Fort Hamilton

Where Is Fort Hamilton Located?

Fort Hamilton Welcome Center
118C Sterling Drive
Brooklyn, New York 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 630-4848
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0700-1900
  • Saturday – 0900-1700
  • Sunday – Closed
  • Holidays – Closed

Fort Hamilton Map

Directions to Fort Hamilton

Driving Directions

From Manhattan, New York, NY

  1. Take E 79th St
  2. E 79th St turns right and becomes FDR Dr
  3. Take the ramp onto FDR Dr
  4. Slight left onto FDR Dr/S St Viaduct
  5. Continue onto Battery Park Underpass
  6. Battery Park Underpass turns slightly left and becomes S Street Viaduct/West St
  7. Turn right onto the Hugh L Carey Tunnel ramp to Brooklyn/I-278
  8. Continue onto I-478/Hugh L. Carey Tunnel
  9. Merge onto I-278 W
  10. Keep right to stay on I-278 W
  11. Keep right at the fork to stay on I-278 W, follow signs for Verrazano Bridge/Staten Island
  12. Take exit 17 toward 92 St
  13. Merge onto Gatling Pl
  14. Turn left onto 92nd St
  15. Turn right onto 7th Ave
  16. 7th Ave turns left and becomes Poly Pl
  17. Turn right onto Cropsey Ave
  18. Turn right onto Bay 8th St/Firefighter Jimmy Riches way
  19. Take the ramp to Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  20. Keep right, follow signs for Belt Pkwy/Verrazano Br, and merge onto Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  21. Merge onto Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  22. Use the right lane to take exit 3 for I-278 W/Verrazano Br toward Staten Island
  23. Fort Hamilton Gate will be on the right

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Take I-676 E/US-30 E ramp to I-95
  2. Merge onto I-676/US-30 E
  3. Take the exit toward New York
  4. Merge onto I-95 N
  5. Take the exit to stay on I-95 N toward NJTP/New York
  6. Use the left 2 lanes to take the exit toward I-95 N
  7. Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-95 N
  8. Take exit 13 to merge onto I-278 E toward Staten Island
  9. Use the right lane to stay on I-278 E
  10. Exit onto Dahlgren Pl
  11. Turn right onto 92nd St
  12. Turn right onto 7th Ave
  13. 7th Ave turns left and becomes Poly Pl
  14. Turn right onto Cropsey Ave
  15. Turn right onto Bay 8th St/Firefighter Jimmy Riches way
  16. Take the ramp to Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  17. Keep right, follow signs for Belt Pkwy/Verrazano Br, and merge onto Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  18. Use the right lane to take exit 3 for I-278 W/Verrazano Br toward Staten Island
  19. Turn right into the Fort Hamilton Gate

From John F. Kennedy International Airport

  1. Head south on I-678 S
  2. Take exit B toward 130th Pl
  3. Keep right at the fork and merge onto 130th Pl
  4. Keep left to continue on Pan Am Rd
  5. Turn right onto Lefferts Blvd
  6. Turn left onto N Conduit Ave
  7. Slight left onto the Belt Pkwy W ramp to Verrazano Bridge
  8. Merge onto Belt Pkwy
  9. Use the right lane to take exit 3 for I-278 W/Verrazano Br toward Staten Island
  10. Turn right into the Fort Hamilton Gate

Greyhound Bus Station in Brooklyn, New York

  1. Head northwest on Livingston St toward Gallatin Pl
  2. Turn left onto Boerum Pl
  3. Turn right onto Atlantic Ave
  4. Turn left onto Columbia St
  5. Turn left to merge onto I-278 W/Brooklyn Queens Expy toward Staten Is
  6. Merge onto I-278 W/Brooklyn Queens Expy
  7. Keep right to stay on I-278 W
  8. Keep right at the fork to stay on I-278 W, follow signs for Verrazano Bridge/Staten Island
  9. Take exit 17 toward 92 St
  10. Merge onto Gatling Pl
  11. Turn left onto 92nd St
  12. Turn right onto 7th Ave
  13. 7th Ave turns left and becomes Poly Pl
  14. Turn right onto Cropsey Ave
  15. Turn right onto Bay 8th St/Firefighter Jimmy Riches way
  16. Take the ramp to Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  17. Keep right, follow signs for Belt Pkwy/Verrazano Br, and merge onto Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  18. Merge onto Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  19. Use the right lane to take exit 3 for I-278 W/Verrazano Br toward Staten Island
  20. Turn right into the Fort Hamilton Gate

Amtrak Station in New York

  1. Head southwest on 7th Ave/Fashion Ave toward W 32nd St
  2. Continue onto Varick St
  3. Turn right onto W Houston St
  4. Turn left onto West St
  5. Use the left 2 lanes to take the Hugh L Carey Tun ramp to I-278/Brooklyn
  6. Continue onto I-478
  7. Merge onto I-278 W
  8. Keep right to stay on I-278 W
  9. Keep right at the fork to stay on I-278 W, follow signs for Verrazano Bridge/Staten Island
  10. Take exit 17 toward 92 St
  11. Merge onto Gatling Pl
  12. Turn left onto 92nd St
  13. Turn right onto 7th Ave
  14. 7th Ave turns left and becomes Poly Pl
  15. Turn right onto Cropsey Ave
  16. Turn right onto Bay 8th St/Firefighter Jimmy Riches way
  17. Take the ramp to Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  18. Keep right, follow signs for Belt Pkwy/Verrazano Br, and merge onto Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  19. Merge onto Belt Pkwy/Leif Ericson Dr/Shore Pkwy
  20. Use the right lane to take exit 3 for I-278 W/Verrazano Br toward Staten Island
  21. Turn right into the Fort Hamilton Gate

Flights To Fort Hamilton

You’ll be flying through John F. Kennedy International Airport that’s just a quick drive about 30 to 40 minutes out from the post. You’ll be able to find any amenities and transportation you need from this main hub.

Fort Hamilton Transportation Office

Fort Hamilton Household Goods/Transportation Office
114 White Avenue
United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 630-4227
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0800-1600
  • Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Federal Holidays: Closed

Entering Fort Hamilton and Post Amenities

Entering Fort Hamilton and Post Amenities

All drivers on post must have a valid military ID, veterans or retiree ID, a valid driver’s license, and a valid driver’s insurance card. All visitors must stop by the Visitor Control Center on 101st Street.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

For all military personnel arriving during duty hours, you must report to the Visitor’s Center next to the Main Gate. You must have a visitor’s pass while on the installation, and you must in-process through your assigned unit on post. You will need these items for your processing appointment: orders, and mandates, envelope from your losing post, any graduation certificates that apply, and all travel receipts. And remember, if you are bringing any dependents with you, bring all legal documentation that applies.

Fort Hamilton Visitor Center

Fort Hamilton Visitors Control Center
101st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 630-4848
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0700-1700
  • Saturday – 0:00-1700
  • Sunday – Closed
  • Holidays – Closed

DEERS Office Fort Hamilton

Fort Hamilton ID Card & DEERS Office
114N White Avenue
Room 101
Brooklyn, New York 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 630-4557
Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday – 0830 – 1600
  • Thursday (starting Oct. 18th) – 1315 – 1600
  • Friday – 1000 – 1600
  • Federal Holidays – Closed

Fort Hamilton Gate Hours

Fort Hamilton has two gates. The main gate off I-278 is near the Visitor Control Center, and the other gate is off of 7th Ave.

  • Main Gate: Open 24/7
  • 7th Ave Gate: Monday – Sunday 0600 – 1900

Fort Hamilton Commissary

Fort Hamilton Commissary

Bldg. 115
White Avenue
Fort Hamilton, NY 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 630-4960

Fort Hamilton Commissary Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday: 1000 – 1900
  • Sunday: 1000 – 1800

Fort Hamilton PX

Bldg. 123
General Lee Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 748-3440

Fort Hamilton Exchange Hours

  • Monday-Saturday: 1000 – 1800
  • Sunday: 1000 – 1700

Fort Hamilton Barber Shops

Fort Hamilton Barber Shop

Bldg. 123
General Lee Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 333-5833

Fort Hamilton Barber Shop Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 1500 – 1900
  • Saturday: 1000 – 1700
  • Sunday: 1000 – 1800

Fort Hamilton Post Office

8801 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 1 (718) 535-1059

Fort Hamilton Post Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0900 – 1700
  • Saturday: 0800 – 1300
  • Sunday: Closed

Fort Hamilton Finance Office

Fort Hamilton Finance Office

137C Poly Place
Apt. 1E
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 630-4754

Fort Hamilton Finance Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0830-1630
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

117 General Lee Avenue
United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton
Brooklyn, NY 11252
Phone: 1 (718) 630-4743

Fort Hamilton Legal Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0800 – 1630
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Fort Hamilton Library

9424 Fourth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 1 (718) 748-6919

Fort Hamilton Library Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 13:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday: Closed

Fort Hamilton Hotels

Fort Hamilton Hotels

Fort Hamilton has many hotel selections within Brooklyn, New York. We’ve selected a few for you to consider if you or your family members need a stay at one of the hotels near the base.

1. Umbrella Hotel Brooklyn
1108 60th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Phone: 1 (718) 435-2060

2. Days Inn by Wyndham Brooklyn Marine Park
1766 E. 49th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Phone: 1 (347) 352-9582

3. Comfort Inn
3218 Emmons Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 1 (718) 368-3334

4. Best Western Brooklyn
2632 W. 13th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Phone: 1 (718) 975-8299

5. Days Inn by Wyndham
437 39th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Phone: 1 (718) 732-0117

Where Should I Live Near Fort Hamilton?

Major Cities Near Fort Hamilton

Fort Hamilton is located in Brooklyn, which puts it smack dab in the middle of a sprawling metropolis. With the city of New York all around you, there’s no shortage of options for housing and entertainment.

Best Places to Live Near Fort Hamilton

New York

New York, New York, the Big Apple, has over 8 million people living in it and sits on the largest natural harbor on the Atlantic Coast in the United States. Immediately surrounding the base in Brooklyn and some of the other outlying areas, like Queens, will be the most cost-effective options in terms of housing. High costs of living will be the main challenge you will face in New York. But, rentals and apartments are readily available.

Mount Vernon

About 30 miles from Fort Hamilton is Mount Vernon, New York. Located in the Bronx area, Mount Vernon is a rapidly growing community. It centers around the manufacturing and technology industries. It offers a little quieter option than some of the more metropolitan centers around the post. The cost of living is more reasonable here as well.

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Fort Hamilton Schools

Fort Hamilton Schools

Fort Hamilton has no public schools on post. Fort Hamilton is located, however, within the New York City Department of Education, the country’s largest public school system. Depending on where you live will determine the school district your student will attend. You will have a wide range of schools to choose from, so be sure to know what’s near you based on location. For students on base, Fort Hamilton is located in Brooklyn’s District 20.

And check out our full guide to Fort Hamilton schools for a more detailed rundown.

Fort Hamilton Weather

Fort Hamilton Weather

At Fort Hamilton, you can expect a wide range of weather throughout the year. Summers usually don’t get blisteringly hot, staying in the mid-’80s on average. July will be your hottest month. The summer is typically when you can expect the most rainfall as well. The winters will get cold, with average temperatures falling into the ‘20s. Prepare for the snow every year as well, with February being the snowiest month of the year. In terms of severe weather, thunderstorms are the most likely that you will encounter, so be sure to stay up to date on weather changes in the area.

Things to Do Near Fort Hamilton

Things to Do Near Fort Hamilton

New York, New York, is one of the largest cities in the world and has endless options for entertainment. You can catch a game or concert at Madison Square Garden, or head downtown for some of the best dining you will find just about anywhere. For a show, head to Broadway. City parks are plentiful in Mount Vernon, nearby, and is especially good for family outdoor days that find a little slower pace than they do downtown.

Suggested Read: 15 Of the Best Fort Hamilton Things to Do

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Conclusion

Relocating can be a stressful experience, but we hope this guide has given you a clearer picture of the area surrounding Fort Hamilton. We hope that you find your next adventure here around the base, whether in the downtown area of Manhattan or the many other spots around New York.

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